We’re here!

We had a blast on the plane together, Bree’s first plane ride ever! We have our luggage loaded in the shuttle on the way to the hotel with Wendy and the rest of us our off to the city museum, yummy kosher Kohn’s deli in tow!

Mindfulness with Upper School

Post by Gev. Wolfe, Jr Kindergarten teacher…and resident mindfulness teacher, taken from her “Today in Kindergarten” blog.   “…give us understanding in our hearts to listen, learn, and teach.” – Ahavat Olam In addition to spending my school day with your beautiful JrK children, for the last quarter I have led a mindfulness class during… Continue Reading Mindfulness with Upper School

100 Days, 100 Blessings

As we celebrated the 100th day of school, we decided to get tefillah in on the themed activities, and we studied a relevant text from Talmud. Menachot 43b:48-50 It was taught, “Rabbi Meir used to say, ‘A person must make one hundred blessings each day, as it is stated (Deuteronomy 10:12), “And now Israel, what… Continue Reading 100 Days, 100 Blessings

The great debate of Hillel and Shamai

One of the more famous arguments of Hillel and Shammai was the one about the order in which we should light the candles of Hanukkah. Hillel suggested that we should increase candles each day, while Shammai argued that we should take away candles each day of the holiday. Obviously, Hillel’s suggestion is the one we… Continue Reading The great debate of Hillel and Shamai

Dreidel 101

    Dreidel is a game that is custom to play during Hanukkah. There are two types of dreidels: one with נ (nun),ג‎ (gimmel)‎, ה (hay), ש‎ (shin) is the dreidel you use anywhere in the world besides Israel. The letters mean a great miracle happened there. In Israel, it’s נ(nun),ג(gimmel)‎, ה(hay)‎, פ(pay) which means a… Continue Reading Dreidel 101

Hanukkah foods.

Chanukah foods are foods cooked in oil.   1: Crispy Potato Latkes You can serve sour cream, applesauce or both with the nice wore crispy potato latkes. They are a nice treat to have a Chanukah good to eat when guests are with you for Chanukah. Recipe: Crispy potato latkes   2: Cinnamon-Sugared Doughnut Holes With… Continue Reading Hanukkah foods.

The Hanukkah-Sukkot connection

According to chabad.org, there is actually a connection between Hanukkah and Sukkot. At the time of the Hanukkah story, Sukkot was going on. They ended up postponing the Sukkot celebration in order to fight the Greeks. Okay, now that you’ve finished reading the first paragraph, go and read it again. Then take 1 minute to… Continue Reading The Hanukkah-Sukkot connection

The Story of Hanukkah

A lot of people know about Hannukah, but do they know the story of Hannukah? The Greeks came to Jerusalem following their king Antiochus. The Greeks didn’t let the Jews do anything that was related to Judaism. If you were caught doing something “Jewish”, you could be hung, killed sent to jail or be beaten up.… Continue Reading The Story of Hanukkah